20 Under 40: JARED RUDY
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In addition to Jared Rudy’s role as a security systems analyst ensuring security and accessibility for IT systems at Westar Energy, he is also President and CEO of Norsemen Brewing Company.
Since the formation of Norsemen, Jared has stayed true to his desire to help the community by supporting nonprofits through direct sponsorships or by hosting events at the brewery. He is a Meals on Wheels volunteer, a member of Forge Young Professionals and recently elected to the United Way of Greater Topeka board of directors.
What do you see as your role in making Topeka a better place to live and work? My role is to continue using opportunities I have with my career at Westar and my business, Norsemen Brewing Company, to support the community. One big area that will help Topeka long term is getting involved with young people, and as they grow, help show them all that Topeka has to offer and entice them to stay in Topeka.
Where do you see Topeka in 10 years? With the revitalization of downtown, the addition of an arts district, and the many groups working together such as Forge, GO Topeka and Visit Topeka to bring cool events, I see growth. In 10 years, I see Topeka being a place that people truly love to live, work and play. We will be able to see that with growth in our population.